A lot of my favourite shows returned in 2012 and a few new upstarts arrived on the block.
So let’s get going – here are the GregHorrorShow TV Awards for 2012
BEST NEW SHOW
Homeland exploded onto our screens early in the year, following lots of press and column inches from the US. For once the hype was justified and its tale of a returning P.O.W from the Middle East had us all gripped through the entire series. Big nod to The Newsroom, which is now one of my favourite shows of recent years and also to great new comedy New Girl, which has been fantastic. Unfortunately my curse of supporting shows that don’t make it to a second season continued as the excellent Alcatraz was canned at the end of it’s run.
- The Newsroom
- New Girl
BEST COMEDY SHOW
Winner: New Girl
Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl was another show that lived up to the excitement surrounding it, no mean feat when it comes to comedy. Sometimes things get lost in translation between US and UK comedy so it was refreshing that this one was so good. And it’s not just Deschanel, all of the main characters are really well written. Raising Hope goes from strength to strength and The Middle continues to impress. The Big Bang Theory has become the new Friends, every time I switch to E4 it’s on… which isn’t a bad thing.
- Raising Hope
- The Middle
- The Big Bang Theory
Winner: Haven – Shawn Pierce
Traditionally this award has gone to a licensed soundtrack of existing tracks but Shawn Pierce’s wonderful, creepy score for Haven compliments the show so well it deserves some recognition. As Haven builds towards the close of the second season (here in the UK at least) the score stands out more and more. You check out some clips here.
- The Middle
- New Girl
- The Newsroom
ACTOR OF THE YEAR (TV)
Winner: Damian Lewis – ‘Nicholas Brody’ (Homeland)
It’s hard to look beyond Lewis this year because his performance as Brody is just so believable. A truly fantastic piece of acting. However he was run close by Jeff Daniels as grumpy, troubled Will McAvoy in The Newsroom. Another commanding performance and I sometimes have to remind myself that this is the same guy from Dumb and Dumber! As Artie started to crumble in Warehouse 13, Saul Rubinek really delivered and Lafayette in True Blood, played by Nelsan Ellis, is still one of my favourite characters on TV.
- Jeff Daniels – Will McAvoy (The Newsroom)
- Saul Rubinek – ‘Artie Nielsen’ (Warehouse 13)
- Nelsan Ellis – ‘Lafayette’ (True Blood)
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR (TV)
Winner: Claire Danes – Carrie Mathison (Homeland)
Again it’s Homeland that takes the award as Claire Danes really gave us a performance to remember. As Carrie disappeared down the rabbit hole Danes’ acting was absolutely stunning – I think some of the besting acting I’ve seen. Allison Scagliotti, as Claudia Donovan, had a much larger role to play in Warehouse 13 this year and Stana Katic delivered once again as Kate Beckett struggled to readjust to life on the force in Castle. Audrey has been dealing with revelation after revelation in Haven and Emily Rose gives a brilliant, emotionally driven performance.
- Allison Scagliotti – ‘Claudia Donovan’ (Warehouse 13)
- Stana Katic – ‘Kate Beckett’ (Castle)
- Emily Rose – ‘Audrey Parker’ (Haven)
TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Newsroom
As much as Homeland dominated in terms of performances and storytelling, the one show I starting looking forward to more than any other was The Newsroom. Setting it just a year prior to current events meant that things felt fresh but the audience also knew how things would eventually pan out. As mentioned above Jeff Daniels is great but Alison Pill as Maggie and Sam Waterston as Charlie were brilliant. Also a big shout out to Olivia Munn who I only knew as a presenter of G4’s ‘Attack Of The Show’ for proving she’s a strong actress as well. It’s not afraid to pull any punches, which is why I think The Newsroom has proved so popular.
- Warehouse 13
So there we go, another year of TV over. What have you guys been watching?
Just one more set of awards to go now – the GregHorrorShow Game Awards for 2012 should be live on Monday so keep an eye out!